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ADDICTION AND BRITISH VISUAL CULTURE, 1751-1919: WASTED LOOKS. Julia Skelly. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2014. 200 pp. with 33 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-36011 ISBN 9781409435563 In English.
Publisher's description: This book investigates and problematizes the long-held belief that addiction is legible from the body, thus positioning visual images as unreliable sources in attempts to identify alcoholics and drug addicts. Examining paintings, graphic satire, photographs, advertisements and architectural sites, Skelly explores such issues as on-going anxieties about maternal drinking; the punishment and confinement of addicted individuals; the mobility of female alcoholics through the streets and spaces of nineteenth-century London; and soldiers use of addictive substances such as cocaine and tobacco to cope with traumatic memories following the First World War.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Several Periods, 1800-1900 — Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 160127
Hardcover $109.95    

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